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From Foreign Policy Watch:

When President-elect Barack Obama takes office in two weeks, he will immediately be faced with two elusive foreign policy problems whose resolution has evaded every post-war US president: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Indo-Pakistani rivalry. Each has visibly reasserted itself in its own way in recent weeks, as Israel has trounced Hamas-related installations in Gaza in retaliation for the latter’s rocket attacks, and as Pakistan has diverted troops to its border with India in the wake of New Delhi pressure over November’s attacks in Mumbai.

While both are messy and seemingly intractable, they have only assumed greater urgency over the last few months. And both old problems pose new challenges for the incoming administration.

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